AirDuo Digihaler is a digital asthma maintenance inhaler with built-in sensors that detect when the inhaler is used and measure inspiratory flow. Do not use if you have a severe milk protein allergy.
AirDuo Digihaler Overview
AirDuo Digihaler is a prescription medicine used to control symptoms of asthma and to prevent symptoms such as wheezing in people 12 years of age and older. AirDuo Digihaler contains a built-in electronic module that records and stores information about inhaler events. AirDuo Digihaler may be used with, and transmits information to, an App through Bluetooth® wireless technology.
AirDuo Digihaler combines two medications: the inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) medicine fluticasone propionate and the LABA medicine salmeterol. Fluticasone propionate helps to decrease inflammation in the lungs. Inflammation in the lungs can lead to breathing problems. Salmeterol helps the muscles around the airways in your lungs stay relaxed to prevent symptoms, such as wheezing, cough, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. These symptoms can happen when the muscles around the airways tighten. This makes it hard to breathe.
This medication comes in an inhaler. Use 1 inhalation of AirDuo Digihaler 2 times each day. Use AirDuo Digihaler at the same time each day, about 12 hours apart.
Common side effects include upper respiratory tract infection, and thrush in the mouth or throat.
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AirDuo Digihaler Cautionary Labels
Uses of AirDuo Digihaler
AirDuo Digihaler is a prescription medicine used to control symptoms of asthma and to prevent symptoms such as wheezing in people 12 years of age and older.
AirDuo Digihaler is not for people 12 years of age and older with asthma who are well controlled with an asthma control medicine, such as a low or medium dose of an inhaled corticosteroid medicine. AirDuo Digihaler is for people 12 years of age and older with asthma who need both an ICS and LABA medicine.
AirDuo Digihaler is not used to relieve sudden breathing problems and will not replace a rescue inhaler.
It is not known if AirDuo Digihaler is safe and effective in children younger than 12 years of age.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Fluticasone and Salmeterol
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AirDuo Digihaler Drug Class
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Side Effects of AirDuo Digihaler
Serious side effects have been reported with AirDuo Digihaler. See the "AirDuo Digihaler Precautions" section.
Common side effects include:
- infection of nose and throat (nasopharyngitis)
- thrush (fungal infection) in your mouth or throat. Rinse your mouth with water without swallowing after use to help prevent this.
- back pain
This is not a complete list of AirDuo Digihaler side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
AirDuo Digihaler Interactions
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. AirDuo Digihaler and certain other medicines may interact with each other. This may cause serious side effects.
Especially, tell your healthcare provider if you take:
Antifungal or anti-HIV medicines or other medications that inhibit cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) such as:
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors such as:
- tranylcypromine (Parnate)
- phenelzine (Nardil)
- selegiline (Eldepryl, Zelapar)
- isocarboxazid (Marplan)
- rasagiline (Azilect)
Tricyclic antidepressants such as:
- trimipramine (Surmontil)
- amitriptyline (Elavil)
- nortriptyline (Pamelor, Aventyl)
- protriptyline (Vivactil)
- clomipramine (Anafranil)
Beta blockers such as:
- metoprolol (Toprol XL, Lopressor
- carvedilol (Coreg)
- bisoprolol (Zebeta)
- betaxolol (Kerlone)
- nebivolol (Bystolic)
- propranolol (Inderal)
Non-potassium-sparing diuretics such as:
- bumetanide (Bumex)
- chlorothiazide (Diuril)
- chlorthalidone (Thalitone)
- ethacrynic acid (Edecrin)
- furosemide (Lasix)
- hydrochlorothiazide (Microzide, HCTZ)
- metolazone (Zaroxolyn)
- torsemide (Demadex)
This is not a complete list of AirDuo Digihaler drug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
AirDuo Digihaler Precautions
Serious side effects have been reported with AirDuo Digihaler including:
- thrush. AirDuo Digihaler can cause a fungal infection in your mouth or throat. It is important to rinse your mouth with water without swallowing after using this medication to help reduce your chance of getting thrush.
weakened immune system and increased chance of getting infections (immunosuppression).
reduced adrenal function (adrenal insufficiency). Adrenal insufficiency is a condition where the adrenal glands do not make enough steroid hormones. This can happen when you stop taking oral corticosteroid medicines (such as prednisone) and start taking a medicine containing an inhaled steroid (such as AirDuo Digihaler). When your body is under stress such as from fever, trauma (such as a car accident), infection, or surgery, adrenal insufficiency can get worse and may cause death. Symptoms of adrenal insufficiency include:
- feeling tired
- lack of energy
- nausea and vomiting
- low blood pressure
sudden breathing problems immediately after inhaling your medicine. If you have sudden breathing problems immediately after inhaling your medicine, stop using AirDuo Digihaler and call your healthcare provider right away.
serious allergic reactions. Stop using AirDuo Digihaler and call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical help if you get any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction:
- swelling of face, mouth and tongue
- breathing problems
effects on heart.
- increased blood pressure
- a fast or irregular heartbeat
- chest pain
effects on nervous system.
bone thinning or weakness (osteoporosis).
slowed growth in children. The growth of a child should be checked often.
eye problems including glaucoma and cataracts. You should have regular eye exams while using AirDuo Digihaler.
changes in laboratory blood values (sugar, potassium, certain types of white blood cells).
Do not use AirDuo Digihaler:
- to treat sudden, severe symptoms of asthma.
- if you have a severe allergy to milk proteins. Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure.
- if you are allergic to fluticasone propionate or any of the inactive ingredients in AirDuo Digihaler.
AirDuo Digihaler Food Interactions
Medications can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of AirDuo Digihaler, there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving this medication.
You should not use AirDuo Digihaler if you have a severe allergy to milk proteins.
Tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
- have heart problems.
- have high blood pressure.
- have seizures.
- have thyroid problems.
- have diabetes.
- have liver problems.
- have weak bones (osteoporosis).
- have an immune system problem.
- have eye problems, such as glaucoma or cataracts.
- are allergic to milk proteins.
- have any type of viral, bacterial, fungal, or parasitic infection.
- are exposed to chickenpox or measles.
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if AirDuo Digihaler may harm your unborn baby.
- are breastfeeding. It is not known if the medicines in AirDuo Digihaler pass into your breast milk and if they can harm your baby.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. AirDuo Digihaler and certain other medicines may interact with each other. This may cause serious side effects. Especially, tell your healthcare provider if you take antifungal or anti-HIV medicines.
AirDuo Digihaler and Pregnancy
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
There are no well-done studies that have been done in humans with AirDuo Digihaler.
In animal studies, pregnant animals were given the medicines in AirDuo Digihaler and had some babies born with problems. No well-controlled studies have been done in humans. Therefore, this medication may be used if the potential benefits to the mother outweigh the potential risks to the unborn child.
AirDuo Digihaler and Lactation
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
It is not known if the medicines in AirDuo Digihaler pass into your breast milk and if they can harm your baby. Because many medications can cross into human milk and because the possibility for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants with use of this medication, a choice should be made whether to stop nursing or stop the use of this medication. Your doctor and you will decide if the benefits outweigh the risk of using AirDuo Digihaler.
AirDuo Digihaler Usage
Read the step-by-step instructions for using AirDuo Digihaler that come with your medication.
- For detailed instructions on how to set up the App go to www.AirDuoDigihaler.com or call Teva at 1-888-603-0788.
- Connection to the App, having your Bluetooth turned on, or being near your smartphone is not required for your AirDuo Digihaler to work and for you to get your medicine.
- The electronic module does not control or interfere with delivery of the medicine through the inhaler.
- AirDuo Digihaler comes in 3 different strengths. Your healthcare provider prescribed the strength that is best for you.
- Use AirDuo Digihaler exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to use it. Do not use AirDuo Digihaler more often than prescribed.
- Use 1 inhalation of AirDuo Digihaler 2 times each day. Use AirDuo Digihaler at the same time each day, about 12 hours apart. If you miss a dose of AirDuo Digihaler, just skip that dose. Take your next dose at your usual time. Do not take 2 doses at one time.
- If you take too much AirDuo Digihaler, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away if you have any unusual symptoms, such as worsening shortness of breath, chest pain, increased heart rate, or shakiness.
- Do not use other medicines that contain a LABA for any reason. Examples of other medicines that contain a LABA include salmeterol, formoterol fumarate, arformoterol tartrate, and indacaterol. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if any of your other medicines are LABA medicines.
- Do not stop using AirDuo Digihaler unless told to do so by your healthcare provider because your symptoms might get worse. Your healthcare provider will change your medicines as needed.
- AirDuo Digihaler does not relieve sudden asthma symptoms. You should not take extra doses of AirDuo Digihaler to relieve sudden asthma symptoms. Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden asthma symptoms. If you do not have a rescue inhaler, call your healthcare provider to have one prescribed for you.
- Call your healthcare provider or get medical care right away if:
- your breathing problems get worse.
- you need to use your rescue inhaler more often than usual.
- your rescue inhaler does not work as well to relieve your symptoms.
- your peak flow meter results decrease. Your healthcare provider will tell you the numbers that are right for you.
- you have asthma and your symptoms do not improve after using AirDuo Digihaler regularly for one week.
AirDuo Digihaler Dosage
Take this medication exactly as prescibed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.
Administer AirDuo Digihaler as 1 inhalation twice daily (approximately 12 hours apart at the same time every day) by the orally inhaled route. Rinse your mouth with water without swallowing after each inhalation.
AirDuo Digihaler does not require priming.
Do not use AirDuo Digihaler with a spacer or volume holding chamber.
Do not use AirDuo Digihaler by other routes.
Do not use more than two times every 24 hours. More frequent administration or a greater number of daily inhalations (more than one inhalation twice daily) is not recommended.
The recommended starting dosage for AirDuo Digihaler is based on asthma severity and current inhaled corticosteroid use and strength. For example:
For patients not taking inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) (with less severe asthma): the usual starting dose is 55/14 mcg (55 mcg of fluticasone propionate and 14 mcg of salmeterol), administered twice daily.
For patients with greater asthma severity, the usual starting dose is either:
113/14 mcg (113 mcg of fluticasone propionate and 14 mcg of salmeterol), administered twice daily; or
232/14 mcg (232 mcg of fluticasone propionate and 14 mcg of salmeterol), administered twice daily.
For patients switching to AirDuo Digihaler from another inhaled corticosteroid or combination product, the low (55/14 mcg), medium (113/14 mcg) or high (232/14 mcg) dose strength of AirDuo Digihaler will be selected based on the strength of the previous inhaled corticosteroid product, or the strength of the inhaled corticosteroid from a combination product, and disease severity.
AirDuo Digihaler Overdose
If you take too much AirDuo Digihaler, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away if you have any unusual symptoms, such as worsening shortness of breath, chest pain, increased heart rate, or shakiness.
- Store AirDuo Digihaler at room temperature between 59oF and 77oF (15oC and 25oC).
- Avoid exposure to extreme heat, cold, or humidity.
- Store AirDuo Digihaler in the unopened foil pouch and only open when ready for use.
- Keep the yellow cap on the inhaler closed during storage.
- Keep your AirDuo Digihaler inhaler dry and clean at all times.
- Throw away AirDuo Digihaler 30 days after opening the foil pouch, when the dose counter displays ‘0’, or after the expiration date on the product, whichever comes first.
- Keep AirDuo Digihaler and all medicines out of the reach of children.